Category Archives: tone

When Students Co-lead – We All Prosper!

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Students love to navigate their own learning progress – especially when they see or can create adventurous pathways to rewards. I love the break! That’s why my students grade their own participation in every class. How so? At the beginning of class students collect their personal tone chart. On one… Read more »

Brainpowered Tools to Disagree

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Conflict grows perilous for those who lack brainpowered tools, yet disagreement’s add linchpins of growth for those equipped with sharp mental tactics.  Watch warfare erupt in your circles and you’ll likely see 1 of 10 instigators: 1. Angry folks show few skills to tame their amygdala. 2. Stubborn people often… Read more »

Tone Tools for Brainier Leaders (A Survey)

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Tone tools create goodwill for skilled leaders – even in war zones. The body language of leaders’ communication, tone brings a smile of inclusion or adds a snub of rejection. It embodies the warmth of thanks, and also chills your peers with criticism.How so? Good tone articulates problems with solutions… Read more »

Secrets of a Communication Curmudgeon

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Conflicts and clashes are as common at most workplaces as black coffee on Monday morning.  If you’re looking to axe communication completely though, try ramping up curmudgeonese and then watch its magic spin. Bickering is usually where curmudgeons nail their hottest acts. Get to water coolers early to … 1. Fire your best missiles –… Read more »

Tone for a New Job

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Tone can land you a better job, or destroy the one you already have.

Have you seen it happen?

It’s no secret that many look for meaningful work, while increasingly jobs disappear like sunshine on a foggy day! But imagine a new skill that unleashes work, taps into talent and builds you a finer future. How so?

Comments Kill or Propel Innovation

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While Charlie Rose and Dr. Eric Kandel’s Brain Series opened new discoveries, poor tone from commenters truncated part of that process with striking setbacks. When comments diminish people, refuse to engage opposing views, or insist on personal opinions, innovation dies. Have you seen it happen where you work?

Tone Tools Design Goodwill in War Zones

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Ever have a day when work became combat, and your workplace a war zone? When problems arise, the last place leaders look for solutions is within differences that caused battles in the first place. Have you seen it?

Gary, manufacturing manager in NY, is more typical of leaders we meet who see differences as the cause for poor tone. We have constant problem because union reps, “stick their noses into everything, cause trouble for the entire company”, he said, ”They make no effort to help with anything,” he went on.

10 Popular Idols Kill Innovation

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Those who refuse to unpack idols worshiped in the past era, struggle to risk innovative alternatives for the coming era. We still tend to worrship 10 barriers to innovation …